Walking is a good for your heart, and walking for the American Heart Association’s Putnam Heart Walk, helps other hearts in the community. Heart health is why so many local companies support the Heart Walk, scheduled for Sunday, April 28th at Brewster High School.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the most expensive chronic condition. Half of American adults have high blood pressure which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, 99% of U.S. adults have at least one of seven cardiovascular health risks.
Building a healthy workplace and encouraging a healthy workforce leads to increased productivity, less absenteeism, and health-spend savings for employees and employers. By joining the Heart Walk, companies like PCSB Bank can tackle employee health while supporting the American Heart Association’s programs and lifesaving research.
“We know when we give to the American Heart Association, our donations make a difference in the lives of our employees and their families because we live in the community. We all know someone affected by high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. Every step we take and every dollar we raise can make a difference in the lives of people in our community,” said Ruth Leser, Senior Vice President & Director of Human Resources at PCSB Bank.
PCSB’s team consists of hundreds of employees and their family members. Last year they raised more than $50,000 for the American Heart Association at the Putnam Heart Walk.
“Our employees love the Heart Walk. It’s a healthy, family-friendly day out with coworkers for a good cause. It’s overwhelming to see the hundreds of PCSB teammates in our orange shirts supporting heart health. It’s an event our staff looks forward to every year,” said Leser.
Many local organizations have signed up their teams already. Participants can join the Heart Walk as individuals or as a team of friends, co-workers or family. Registration is open at www.putnamheartwalk.org. For more information, contact Megan Lucas, 203-984-9128 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events like the Heart Walk fund the AHA’s critical research and awareness programs that help save lives from cardiovascular diseases like heart disease and stroke – the number one and five killers in the U.S.
The Heart Walk is sponsored by Dr. Patrick W. Thomas and Mrs. Johanna D. Thomas, PCSB Bank, Putnam Hospital Center, and media sponsors Examiner Media, Mahopac News, Hudson Valley Magazine, and WHUD Radio.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.